Staff Software Engineer (External APIs)

| Austin
Who We Are
First thing you need to know; Bestow is not your typical insurance company. We’ve completely reimagined industry assumptions, and harnessed technology and big data to create life insurance products that aren’t just delightful to use but deliver on our mission: to make financial products accessible to more people than ever before.
Check us out at hellobestow.com
Who We’re Looking For
“Innovative” and “disruptive” can be overused words. But at Bestow, it isn’t jargon, it’s an everyday rally cry. We are rewriting the rules of the 400-year-old, $7 trillion life insurance industry, serving communities who have been underserved in the past, and we believe the future is a bright one.
So, if you’re excited by the idea of building something from scratch, working at a mission-driven company and fundamentally shaking up an age-old industry, please read on.
As a Staff Software Engineer on our Partner team you will lead development on external-facing APIs for our business partners. Much of the space is greenfield and will require making significant foundation decisions.
You take great pride in your craft and look for ways to improve our software and team effectiveness. You enjoy designing and documenting APIs and empathize with the developers using them. You have prior experience designing and implementing distributed systems. You balance concerns of maintainability, reliability and scalability with the need to deliver results. Less experienced engineers look to you for guidance and feedback on their work, and you’re thrilled to provide it.
Bestow software engineers are great teammates. You are willing to collaborate with other software engineers, product managers and designers. You also have exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
Do you want to build products to reinvent a centuries old industry? If so, we'd love to hear from you.
Challenges on which you can expect to work:
Designing, Building and Maintaining APIs
We're a startup with a long product roadmap. You'll be working with a team to make that roadmap a reality. You will:
Write technical design documents to communicate the intent of system changes;
Develop external facing APIs using Go or Python 3;
Evaluate open source technologies such as API gateways and service meshes;
Use code analysis and verification tools including autoformatting type hints and testing to detect and resolve defects early in the development process;
Peer review code developed by others on your team;
Ensure software is secure, maintainable and extensible;
Collaborate with product managers, other engineers, and our partnership team.
Ensuring a Robust Software Platform
Great software is more than product features. It simultaneously considers non-functional concerns like security, maintainability and extensibility. You will:
Take ownership over issues arising from previously delivered features;
Ensure the security of our applications through participation in external penetration tests, threat modeling and security-focused code review;
Use modern extensibility methods such as feature toggles;
Automate routine developer workflows such as environment setup.
Fostering Best Practices
We might be small but we've got big ambitions. Folks joining the team will be defining our software engineering culture. You are someone that strives to build a premier engineering organization.
Measure quality metrics such as test coverage and gradually improve themLeave code in a better place than it was when you started;
Encourage automation and continuous improvement.

A Little About You:

  • 6+ years of back end software development experience
  • Professional experience with Python 3
  • Experience with statically typed languages (C#, Java, Golang, Rust, etc.)
  • Professional experience with a relational database like PostgreSQL
  • Experience using Docker/Kubernetes for software development and deployment
  • Experience designing and documenting APIs (Protocol Buffers, RAML, Swagger, OpenAPI, etc.)
  • Experience with distributed systems and microservices
  • Advocated for Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)
  • Clear, concise written and verbal communication
  • A desire and willingness to learn
  • Initiative and motivation to make things happen

What We Can Offer To You:

  • Competitive salary
  • Generous PTO
  • Flexible schedule and work/life balance
  • 100% company-paid health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Choose your own computer setup (Mac or PC)
  • Office snacks and weekly team lunches
  • Team building events and activities

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. 
Bestow does not currently sponsor applicants for work visas.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • Python 3Languages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • SegmentAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • AbstractDesign
    • BasecampManagement
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • HubSpotCRM
    • SendGridEmail

Location

Built in 1910, our office is in Austin’s original office tower and stands as an icon in the epicenter of Downtown Austin – Congress Avenue and 6th St.

An Insider's view of Bestow

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe can be hectic at times and mellow at others. I feel I am in the good company of others that are trying to create something significant; no one is ever too busy to allocate time in their day for your comments or concerns. I consider a good office atmosphere, one where healthy discourse is encouraged and Bestow Austin has it in spades.

Mikhail

Software Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Success is delighting people in unexpected ways. For example, we had someone apply but wasn’t eligible. Our team researched a company that might fit their specific case and helped them apply even though it wasn’t with us! This person was literally brought to tears because they were so grateful. We made a difference for someone. That’s success.

Grant

Director, Customer Experience

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Engineers are most engaged when they have the autonomy to make decisions on how things get built. We provide an environment where they can propose ideas, validate them and safely get to production with minimal friction. We don't micromanage decisions. We give people freedom to bring their good ideas to reality.

Brian

Vp, Engineering

What does career growth look like on your team?

At Bestow, you are not only free to define your own career path, but encouraged to step outside the boundaries and think outside the box on a daily basis. There are no limits placed on your work and you are entrusted with the responsibility and freedom to identify what problems need to be solved and how to solve them.

Lexie

Senior Analyst

What are Bestow Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Caring for our own by covering 100% of employee medical insurance.
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Parking
We offer employees a parking subsidy.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
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